Worship

In this section, we keep archives of many of our services. As you browse here, we hope you'll get a flavour of our worship, including the themes we look at, our hymns and our sermons.

Service Date: 27 January, 2008

It's a funny thing about being a student: you move a lot. In the last ten years, I've lived in eight different houses in three countries. But now I've lived here in Sheffield nearly three years, I'm finally starting to feel at home. I have a house, which deserves more cleaning than it gets. I have a garden. I have neighbours whose names I know, whose children are growing up before my eyes. I even have milk delivered to my doorstep. It feels strange, but it feels good to have somewhere to call home. And I'm not the only one for whom having a home is important. Listen to Catherine's story, one of the stories we will hear at the Poverty Hearing at the Broomhall Centre this coming Saturday.
I am a Tutsi from Ruanda educated in Tanzania. I fled to Kenya in 1999 with my 5 yr old son...

Service Date: 20 January, 2008

What's in a name?  I wonder, do any of you have nicknames? Names given by your friends – or maybe by people who don’t like you – that say something about who you are? Don’t worry, I won’t ask you to reveal any of the embarrassing ones!

For some of us, our first name has a meaning of its own, or even several meanings. For instance, I may have said before that my name, Sarah, means ‘princess’. It’s a good name to think of when I want to cheer myself up. But I only discovered recently that the name Sarah has another, darker meaning. Apparently, when I was born, my German great aunt, my grandmother’s sister, said to my mother, Why did you give her a Jewish name? And my mother didn’t know why she said that, because many popular names come from the Hebrew Bible and are...

Service Date: 13 January, 2008
Isaiah 42:1-9 (read by James)


James: Did you get that last bit all right, Sarah? I was trying to read it all out clearly to you from my notes of what he said, so you could make another copy, but I have to admit I’m not always sure what our master Isaiah is getting at. And we’re his disciples! I don’t know what people will make of it in thousands of years’ time.
Sarah: Do you think in thousands of years’ time people will still be interested? Surely the Messiah will have come by then, and our master’s puzzling teachings will be way out of date.


James:Well, we can’t start worrying about what they’ll think of it then. I’m just concerned about what to make of it now. I mean to start with, who is...
Service Date: 6 January, 2008
It's not over yet!
The tree’s down, the presents are unwrapped and put away – Christmas is over. Or is it? Imagine how the wise men might feel on their arrival in Bethlehem. They’ve been travelling for months, with nothing but a star and their belief in God to guide them. They’ve gone far away from the countries they know, from the customs and language and food of home, from the places where people know and respect them. They’ve set off a royal time-bomb in Herod’s palace, where a paranoid monarch is preparing to get rid of anyone who might want to tip him off his throne. And now they’ve finally got to Bethlehem.


And what do they find? No new-born baby in a manger;...
Service Date: 25 December, 2007
God's present for us
Has anyone got a present they’d like to show us?
We’ve spent all Advent focussing on this tree: putting it up, taking it down to go into the church, putting it back up here again, decorating it, putting our young people’s skills and enthusiasm into making it bright with suns, moons and stars, leaves, flowers and fruit. We can be proud of what we have made of our tree. But now it’s time to go into reverse. Now it is time to look on our tree again and see what present God has given us.


We have been walking through Advent with the prophet Isaiah of Jerusalem, who has been telling us about God’s promises to come. But what does Isaiah tell us this morning? He speaks of promises fulfilled. The people who walked in darkness have...
Service Date: 23 December, 2007
Fruitful living
Isaiah the prophet was trying to encourage King Ahaz, the king of Israel in his day, to trust in God, to look to God to do something to help the people. But Ahaz wouldn’t ask. So Isaiah said, Right – God’s going to give you an answer anyway. God is giving God’s people a sign of hope. A young woman’s going to have a baby, and when he’s grown up things will be so good that he won’t need to do any work in the fields – he’ll drink milk from the cow made into curd cheese, and honey that bees have worked to produce. But that’s a long way off, said Isaiah, and things will go very wrong for you first. And sure enough, because the king wouldn’t trust God, but thought he could work out what to do on his...
Service Date: 16 December, 2007
Wait for it!
I find it’s getting harder and harder waiting for Christmas, since everyone else except us seems to have been celebrating it since the beginning of November. Christmas decorations in the shops, Christmas presents advertised on TV – and what are we doing in St Andrew’s? Even in our advertised carol service, we’re sticking to Advent, the time before the coming of Christ, rather than singing the old favourite Christmas carols, as some of us did yesterday morning outside Somerfield in Broomhill.


So why am I being such a Scrooge, not letting us get into the Christmassy mood and join the party? Well, in our first reading this morning Isaiah gives God’s promise that the wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom, there...
Service Date: 9 December, 2007
Shoots of hope
Last week we were thinking about light – sun and moon and stars, and the invisible light of understanding that God can give us. And this week we’re needing light again, but this time for a more down-to-earth reason; because we’re thinking about green and growing things. We’ll start off with a quick biology quiz. What do green and growing things need in order to stay green and growing? Water and food and light and heat. Just now, our gardens and our lawns aren’t growing very fast, and that’s partly because we don’t see the sun’s light for very long each day. But we’re moving towards the shortest day of the year – which day is that? – and after that, we can hope that we’re on the way to more sunshine and eventually to spring.


Some of us will have...
Service Date: 2 December, 2007

Healthcare Sunday

Service Date: 11 November, 2007
We come now to our act of remembrance; its order is in your service sheets and it will proceed without announcement. Three points before we begin: The names of those inscribed on our War Memorial will be read in the form that was known to their families and friends. The two minutes silence is observed in thanksgiving for and remembrance of both them and all the others who have lost their lives in later conflicts. And we will end this act of remembrance by singing both verses of the National Anthem, which you will find on your orders of service as a prayer, on this our national day of remembrance.

 

We commemorate today… Andrew Briggs; John Brunton; James Cumming; Bernard Duke; Charlie Goodsir; Roy Harrow; Charles Henderson; Frank Mastin; Bruce Mathews; Farquahar...

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